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Going Home (Trophy Picture Books) (edition 1998)

by Eve Bunting, David Diaz (Illustrator), Elle Bunting (Author)

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Title:Going Home (Trophy Picture Books)
Authors:Eve Bunting
Other authors:David Diaz (Illustrator), Elle Bunting (Author)
Info:HarperCollins (1998), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 32 pages
Collections:hispanic, realistic fiction, Multicultural, Picture Books
Tags:mexico, immigrants, family, travel

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Going Home by Eve Bunting




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Going Home is a story about a family that returns to their past home in Mexico. The children think that Mexico is beautiful and wonder why their parents moved. They eventually realize how much their parents sacrificed for them in order to give them greater opportunities in America.
  adates12 | Dec 17, 2014 |
Summary: "Going Home" is a delightful picture book about the realities of life for migrant workers. Carlos and his family take a trip to their old home in Mexico. When Carlos lays eyes on where he is, he wonders why his family ever decided to move. He realizes, along with his sister, that the family moved to provide an opportunity for Carlos and his sister. The true definition of family is revealed.

Review: "Going Home" is another one of Eve Bunting's masterpieces. She formulates a message and combines it with a touching story about family. Anyone who has read a book by Eve Bunting understands her way of creating a somber but encouraging tone in her books. Carlos's curiosity is settled with his family's visit to the old village in Mexico. Once he realizes the opportunities he will now have, he is proud of his parents. I would like to read this to my future students, especially with the message about family. ( )
  cclark37 | Dec 9, 2014 |
I really enjoyed reading this book for a few reasons. First, the language used in the book switched between English and Spanish. For example the Spanish words papeles and mijo are used to instead of the English translations. Even though the three are Spanish words intermingled within the story, it is not hard for the reader to understand. For example, the father uses the Spanish word papeles, the English translation “papers” is used by his daughter. I also thought the characters were authentic and non-stereotypical. The books plot was the star. The family traveled across the border into Mexico. It makes the reader examine what they view as home. The plot was nerve-racking but keeps reader engaged. The stories told by the father are enchanting. Finally, the most outstanding feature of the book is the illustrations. The artist made the textures and colors extremely bright and joyful throughout the entire story. The clothing, food, and culture of the story are all represented authentically. The big idea of the story that home does not have to be in a border. ( )
  dbaker16 | Oct 16, 2014 |
Mexican parents raise kids in America for better education
Go on a road trip to Mexico to visit family
Kids in back seat see the lifestyle and feel connected but disconnected too
New culture, show off their English skills to their extended family.
  mollybeaver | Sep 29, 2014 |
I really enjoyed reading this book for a few reasons. First, the main language in the book is English, although there are a few Spanish words used throughout the story such as papeles and mijo. Despite the fact that there are Spanish words integrated within the story, the language is quite clear with the help of the characters. For example, after Papa uses the Spanish word papeles, the English translation “papers” is used by his daughter. I also enjoyed the characters of this story because they were authentic and relatable. I was able to correlate my feelings to those of the characters in the story as they crossed the border into Mexico, as I had similar feelings as a child when I too crossed the Mexican border. The plot was also enjoyable, as it was especially suspenseful. Once hearing the magical stories told by Papa of the beautiful land, the girls are constantly asking if they have arrived in La Perla yet. This consistent questioning helps to increase the suspense of the story. Finally, my favorite reason as to why I enjoyed this book was due to the illustrations. The style fits the written text and the colors are extremely bright and festive throughout the entire story. The pictures of the clothing for example, illustrate the rich culture of the community. The big idea of the story is for the young girls to return to Mexico, the home in which they were born, and experience the new cultures in which they are not familiar with. ( )
  kbrehm1 | Feb 21, 2014 |
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For Ed, who brought me to the place of opportunities. Sincere thanks to Joe Mendoza, Regional Director of Migrant Education, Region #17. -E.B.
For Cecelia, the angel on my chest. -D.D.
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"We are going home, Carlos," Mama says, hugging me.
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With its remarkable illustrations and its affectionate portrait of a migrant family, Eve Bunting's latest book is a jewel. Carlos, his parents, and his sisters visit the family village in Mexico. Mama and Papa are very excited, but the kids don't know what all the fuss is about. If they really love Mexico, what could be the point of leaving for America just for "opportunities"?

As they watch their parents with the family, and sneak a peek at the two of them dancing in the moonlight to a song only they can hear, Carlos understands. "They love it here because it's home. They have left home for us." With clarity, warmth, and very few words, Bunting has explained those ever-new American dreamers to yet another generation.

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Although a Mexican family comes to the United States to work as farm laborers so that their children will have opportunities, the parents still consider Mexico their home.

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